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Firefighters Say Fire Contained, They're Letting it Burn Out as Much as Possible

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LYLES, Tenn. - A Hickman County recycling plant continues to burn. The fire broke out almost 12 hours ago, forcing hundreds from their homes. A big worry tonight: the fumes and smoke as all those chemicals go up in flames. Right now, firefighters say the fire is contained. They're letting it burn out as much as possible tonight before trying to put it out. A staging area is set up. Right now there are 2 major concerns emergency crews are facing: the possibility this fire is toxic and the risk of an explosion. Billowing black smoke hangs overhead. Dozens of emergency workers are camped out, mapping out plans on how to put this plant fire out. Evacuations are underway. The site is dangerous. At any minute, two 1000 gallon propane tanks inside the plant could explode, which could cause a giant fireball to erupt with enough force and power to knock out windows of nearby homes.

Another concern tonight: the possibility of the smoke lowering, which could be toxic and cause problems for those with respiratory problems. East Elementary, Intermediate and Middle Schools are closed tomorrow. 300 people have been forced from their homes, and a shelter has been set up at a nearby church.

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